Art Of Darkness | Brewery Ommegang

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Art Of DarknessArt Of Darkness

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Let us now acknowledge the dark arts of brewing. Our limited edition Art of Darkness Ale is deep, dark and magical, with champagne-like carbonation and rich matiness from a complex recipe of multiple barley and wheat malts, as well as flaked oats.

Using no spices or flavorings, Art of Darkness gains all its rich aromas, tastes, and apparent spiciness from the malts and Ommegang's proprietary house yeast.

There are no secret ingredients or magical incantation. There is only Ommegang brewers' creating the finest quality dark, strong ale of complex and deep character.

Art of Darkness is a fine ale to enjoy immediately, and is excellent to cellar.

Added by Edwaka01 on 02-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a pitch black liquid with a delicious 1 inch dense light cream colored head. Very tight bubbles and some crazy retention.

Aroma is delicious. Sweet dark fruit notes mixed in with the Belgian yeast phenols and notes of clove and banana. Caramel and molasses notes with some good apple and pear juice notes.

The flavor is delicious! Amazing phenols in the flavor. Chalky yeast notes with some nice slight prune notes and other dark fruits. The phenols are pretty nice but are not overwhelming. There is some nice slight roasted notes in the malt bill surprisingly which balances out the phenolic notes. The brew is smooth and yummy. As the brew warms there is nice caramel and molasses notes that become rich and almost burnt and smokey. The mouthfeel is quite rich and smooth.

This is a delicious brew. Its one of the best brews Ommegang puts out. Rich and ripe with dark sweet fruits with some good bready notes and some good Belgian-style yeast notes.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger light tan head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits are perceptible in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of dark fruits along with hints of Belgian yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and hides its alcohol very well but lacks the complexity compared to the top beers in this style.

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3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nearly opaque black with a tan head that doesn't last long, leaving some nice lacing across the top.

Nice strong smell to this one. There's dried fruit, mainly raisin and prune, also a bit of brown sugar and cookie dough.

Starts out on the sweet side, more of a fruity sweetness like raisin. Also a hint of Belgian candy sugar, and finishes with a peppery spice.

Decent feel, there is a lot of tongue tingling due to the carbonation, but fairly smoothy overall.

Overall a pretty good beer, but not a great one. It seems to be lacking the complexity I expect from this style, but is still a good beer. It would be interesting to see how this beer ages, very possible aging would bring out more depths of flavor. Worth a try, I am tempted to get another bottle and age it just to see what it does to the flavor.

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3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750Ml poured into a Hennepin glass

A- Pours very dark amber. A dark brown, borderline black beer. A large foamy khaki head.

S- A lighter smell then I expected. A lot of lemon zest. Spicy onion. Farmhouse aromas, a lot of grain. A touch of rastedness. Not what I was expecting.

T- A prominent belgian yeast flavor. A very farmhouse palate to this beer. Reminiscent of some sours minus the sour. A lot of hay and grassy notes. A lot of lemon zest in this beer. A bit of onion and a rye spice. A strong grain flavor to this beer and a lasting grainy flavor. A hint of rasted malt on the back end. A dominant grainy flavor which some people may think as an off flavor.

M- A lot of feel and appropriate carbonation as always from Ommegang.

O- A beer by this name I was going in expecting a stout dark beer but thats not what this beer is. The beer has a lot going for it but is otherwise dominated by a grainy flavor. Would drink again but not for the price.

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Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 689 ratings